Victor Butler reportedly will visit Cleveland Browns

  • By Chris Wesseling
  • Updated: March 22, 2013 at 07:51 p.m.

Transitioning to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinators, the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns have been competing for outside linebackers in free agency.

The Browns already have outbid the Saints to win Paul Kruger as the centerpiece of Ray Horton's defense. Now they have a chance to steal another young edge rusher from New Orleans. Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler left his visit to the Big Easy and former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan without a contract, according to The Times-Picayune. His next stop will be Cleveland, beginning on Sunday, The Plain Dealer confirmed Friday.

Butler previously had visited the Pittsburgh Steelers while drawing interest from the New York Jets.

A promising reserve in his first four NFL seasons, Butler could be targeting a starting role with his next team. If that's the case, the Browns could be behind the eight-ball with Kruger and Jabaal Sheard atop the depth chart.